|Canvas after aging.|
I have also over the years sold what I call "old world" art. That is, new pieces that they make to look really old and beat up. I bet I have sold a hundred of those over the years, but not this new looking stuff. I had to keep reordering them because I would sell out. So here is what I did to age this canvas. By the way, the most effort I put into this was getting the art out of the darn frame! The rest was a piece of cake.
Once the still life was free of its frame, I took medium grit sand paper and sanded it down. Then I wiped it down with a damp cloth. Then I took my Jacobean stain by Minwax and rubbed it into the canvas front and back. No point making the front look old and leaving the back looking new. Next I took some raw umber craft paint and painted the sides of the canvas to cover the staples and the white canvas that was exposed. After all, I wanted it to look old .
Here is the back. I actually left stains on it. At this point it had a much softer, older appearance. I loved the way it looked, but it still did not mimic the old world look of my other canvases that have been huge sellers for me.
So next I took gesso and rubbed it into the canvas (front only). This lightened it up and gave it a calcified look. The frame you see is another project I did. That is the frame it came with and I want to sell that as well.
Now it was a little too light so I repeated the Jacobean stain again on the front side only. When this was dry, I sprayed it with a clear flat spray to seal the stain. Now it does have the look I was going for. The piece does not need a frame as I darkened the sides and the staples to match the look. I am really pleased with the results and will be looking for more prints to play with in the future. Thanks for visiting.
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